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6:16 pm
Thu February 17, 2011

Whitehouse seeks more funding for pancreatic cancer

U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse. File photo.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse is pushing for more funding for pancreatic cancer research. And he's enlisted actor Patrick Swayze's widow for help.

Lisa Swayze joined Whitehouse and other senators at a press conference introducing the bill. Her husband, actor Patrick Swayze died in 2009 of pancreatic cancer.

Whitehouse's mother also died of the disease.

Pancreatic cancer's survival rate is in the single digits, something Whitehouse learned when he told a doctor-friend the news.

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RIPR News
6:43 pm
Wed February 16, 2011

Changes to BCBSRI prescription plan raises concerns

Providence, RI – Last November, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Rhode Island decided to cut costs by not paying for brand name drugs when there was a cheaper generic version. But some residents say there are no alternatives to the medications they need. Now they're faced with paying the full market price or going without their medicine.

Catherine Lewis has a problem. Six years ago, Lasik surgery improved her vision, but it left her with a painful side effect.

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RIPR News
5:15 pm
Wed February 16, 2011

Landmark names potential buyer

Providence, RI – Only a week after Landmark Medical Center in Woonsocket received permission to accelerate its timeline for finding a buyer, the financially strained hospital has signed a "nonbinding letter of intent" with RegionalCare Hospital Partners from Tennessee.

But Spokesman Bill Fischer says the letter doesn't close the door on other potential bidders.

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RIPR News
2:34 pm
Wed February 16, 2011

Rhode Island group briefs newly elected on LNG fight

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – A group of Rhode Island municipalities opposed to the Weaver's Cove liquefied natural gas,or LNG, terminal in Fall River, Massachusetts is working to bring newly elected officials up to speed on the issue.


The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission says it's still conducting the environmental review on plans to turn an existing LNG facility into a distribution terminal. And FERC says there's no timeline for when it will release a final decision.

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Politics
7:17 am
Wed February 16, 2011

Advocates renew push to give in-state tuition to undocumented workers

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Advocates are renewing an effort for undocumented immigrants to be able to attend state colleges for the same in-state tuition as U.S. citizens.


Senator Juan Pichardo, a cosponsor of the bill, addressed supporters yesterday during a State House rally.

"This is a moral imperative," Pichardo said. "It does not make any sense to deny any young student the opportunity they have created to excel and reach their full potential in higher education. We all benefit at the end."

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RIPR News
7:13 am
Wed February 16, 2011

Civilian accused in Navy kickback scheme released on bond

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – A Navy contractor who is accused of bribing a civilian Naval employee has been released on $10,000 bond.

Anjan Dutta-Gupta appeared in Federal District Court in Providence yesterday. Federal magistrate Lincoln Almond restricted his travel to northern Georgia, where he lives, Washington D.C., where his attorney practices and Rhode Island, where he is charged with bribing a public official.

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Politics
7:05 am
Wed February 16, 2011

Chafee to detail budget next month

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Governor Lincoln Chafee has scheduled his first major address to the General Assembly. It will be a combined budget address and state of the state speech.

It's scheduled for March 8th, probably in the evening.

Rhode Island faces a nearly $300 million deficit in the budget year beginning July 1. During his campaign for governor he proposed a one percent tax on items currently exempt from the state's seven percent sales tax.

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RIPR News
6:59 am
Wed February 16, 2011

Municipal pensions in trouble

Providence, RI – A Senate study released Tuesday finds that pension plans administered by the state's cities and towns face almost two billion dollars in unfunded liability.

State-managed pension plans for municipalities are considered solid. But 23 out of 36 locally administered plans have been called at-risk due to a lack of funding. Senate Finance Chairman Daniel DaPonte says he hopes these findings galvanize support for a fix.

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6:46 am
Wed February 16, 2011

Suspect in Navy kickback released on bail

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The man at the center of an alleged $10 million bribery kickback scheme is free on $10,00 bail. The scheme led to the collapse of Middletown-based Advanced Solutions for Tomorrow.

Richard Kulesh was filled with anger as he watched his former boss, Anjan Dutta Gupta, appear in court on a charge of bribing a public official. Kulesh was one of the roughly 100 employees of Advanced Solutions for Tomorrow who were laid off as a result of the alleged $10 million bribery scheme.

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This I Believe Rhode Island
5:46 pm
Tue February 15, 2011

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Providence, RI – The sterile textbook definition of adolescence is the life-cycle period between childhood and adulthood, beginning at puberty. Identity formation is one of the principal tasks. For some, this stage of self-discovery is relatively smooth and linear. But for others, including 17-year-old Chance Shemin, the path is much more circuitous.

Chance Shemin lives in Providence. Chance reports that he was born in Uzbekistan, in Central Asia, and was adopted at 16 months of age. He is a student at School One in Providence.

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